The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will hear appeals against the Centre's "Agnipath" plan for armed services recruitment form the next week.
According to a vacation bench consisting of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari, when the Supreme Court reopens after its summer break, petitions will be placed before the appropriate bench.
The Indian Air Force applicants, according to a lawyer who filed a complaint against the plan, have completed training and are awaiting appointment letters, but their careers will now be curtailed from 20 to four years. This is an urgent matter; Kindly list it. The counsellor also stated that numerous applicants' careers were in jeopardy.
Since more than 70,000 candidates who have completed the training were awaiting their appointment letters before the pandemic, and as a result of the plan, their careers have been cut short, said advocate ML Sharma, who has also filed a PIL opposing the policy.
The bench said that when you (Sharma) have waited for more than two years then why you are coming before the vacation bench. It listed Sharma's plea before the appropriate bench along with other matters. In the PIL, Sharma has alleged that the government has quashed the century-old selection process for the Armed forces which is contrary to the constitutional provisions.
The Agnipath programme, which was unveiled on June 14, calls for the recruitment of young people between the ages of 17 and 21 for only four years, with the option to keep 25% of them for an additional 15 years.
Against the plan, protests have started in a number of states. Later, the government raised the maximum age to 23 for recruitment in 2022. The appeal also made mention of nationwide demonstrations against the plan. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) had already been requested in a number of petitions filed in the Supreme Court to look into damage to public facilities, including those of the Railways, amid violent protests against the plan..
A status report on the violent demonstrations has also been requested from the Center and the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Haryana, and Rajasthan. It has asked for permission to form an expert committee with a former highest court judge as its head to investigate the plan and its effects on the Army and national security.